I’ve been holding the spoons wrong! Not that I’ve ever considered myself a spoon player, but this simple explanation just made an instant difference.
I’ve reblogged a few posts from from Tiny Tapping Toes, because the blogger Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou (http://www.dariamusic.com) is an amazing font of inspiration. Plus reading her clear instructions of proper spoon technique this morning (and then playing the spoons with my kids!) mirrored the similar instructions I witnessed local (Ballarat/Buniyong) music teacher, musician and friend, Steven Skilbeck of https://www.facebook.com/monthofsundaysband give his class on the correct (i.e. best) way of holding xylophone mallets yesterday.
Yes, I am pretty lucky that I get to learn from a great specialist teacher during my pre-service-rounds. I hope that we know each other in the real world hasn’t made his job of running classes with a observing student teacher more weird than otherwise.
Anyway, my point is that while I’m a huge believer in `giving things a go’, spontaneity, and unrestricted creativity, there’s also no need to reinvent the wheel when you’re starting out, and having a mentor to pass on those little bits of technical knowledge is invaluable. And in the modern world such mentors are readily accessible in a myriad of ways!
Now, where’s my copy of Superunknown….